May 24, 2017

The Director-General Visits Rome

The Director-General Visits Rome THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 23 May 2017 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü visited Rome from 22-23 May to attend and deliver a keynote address at a side event especially organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the OPCW at the First Scientific International Conference on CBRNe (SICC 2017). The gathering focused on safety and security issues in the chemical, biological, nuclear and explosive field and was held at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Ambassador Üzümcü highlighted the verified destruction of 95 percent of the…

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Fatou Bensouda, “crimes must stop!”

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, regarding increased violence in CAR: “crimes must stop!” Violence and clashes between armed groups in several parts of the Central African Republic (“CAR”) have increased in the last months. I am deeply concerned about this development and the recent attacks reported in Bangassou, Bria and Alindao. The current situation appears extremely precarious with reports of violence and allegations of serious crimes committed against civilians, peacekeepers and humanitarian workers.  These reported crimes may fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), and must immediately stop. I urge all…

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I Polyphonic Day of International Justice: June 7, 2017

On 7 June 2017, the I Polyphonic Day of International Justice, which will deal with issues concerning international law (private, public and criminal) with speakers from different geographic areas (Africa, Arab countries, China, Ibero-America, Iran and Russia), will take place at the Hague University for Applied Sciences (HHS). The I Polyphonic Day aims at bringing together and debating the views and perspectives of academics and professionals coming from the said geographic regions. As you can see in the attached Programme, the I Polyphonic Day on International Justice is organised by the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague (IIH) as part of the VII…

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Russian Version – Kazan Federal University wins ICC Moot Court Competition

The Kazan Federal University won on May 19,  the final round of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, Russian version, held in Courtroom I of the ICC premises in The Hague (the Netherlands). The National Research University Higher School of Economics won second place and the Lomonosov Moscow State University came in third. The “Best Speaker” award went to Anastasiia Zakharova of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Members of the winning team are: Ruslan Sharipov, Aygul Fatykhova, Daria Domolazova and Aman Amanov. On the judge’s bench for this competition were ICC Judge Geoffrey Henderson, presiding,…

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Joel Musa Nhleko becomes Swazi PS at Foreign Office

                            On the picture Joel Musa Nhleko and President Barroso. Former Swazi Head of Mission to the EU, the Benelux countries, Germany, the OPCW, the ACP Group of states, the Holy See and the Turkish Republic, Mr Joel Musa Nhleko has begun a position as “Principal Secretary” (PS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. This is the highest role at the ministry reporting directly to incumbent Foreign Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze.   Ambassador Musa Nhleko was recalled in October 2016 from Brussels by His Majesty King Mwati III…

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President Juncker Received Proposal from Bulgaria

President Juncker receives proposal for nomination of a Commissioner candidate  Bulgaria President Jean-Claude Juncker received this morning the proposal by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov for nominating Mrs Mariya Gabriel as the candidate to replace former Member of the Commission Kristalina Georgieva. President Jean-Claude Juncker will receive Mariya Gabriel for an interview to determine the candidate’s ability to serve as a European Commissioner, particularly in light of Article 17(3) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which states that: “The members of the Commission shall be chosen on the ground of their general competence and European commitment from persons whose…

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Prosecutor Serge Brammertz on mission to Sarajevo

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. ICTY and MICT Prosecutor Serge Brammertz was in Sarajevo on 15 and 16 of May 2017, as part of preparations for his rgular biannual reports to the UN Security Council (UNSC) . The Prosecutor met with Acting Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadić, and  joined Prosecutor Tadić in meeting with representatives of victims’ organizations to discuss war crimes justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Prosecutor  also met with TRIAL International to discuss compensation for victims of war crimes. Finally, the Prosecutor  briefed members of the diplomatic community. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the scheduled meetings with members of the…

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President Juncker speaks about Europe’s future

On the occasion of Europe Day, May 9th, President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke about the European Union’s future and its current challenges. He addressed the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik with a speech entitled “Europe’s end – Europe’s beginning? The EU between crisis and breakup”, where he said: “Europe is losing weight. We are the smallest continent. Those who do not know how to change these figures will know that the time has not come to divide us into national parts, but rather to stand united.”  President Juncker also participated in a Citizens’ Dialogue with the theme “Europe…

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Eurojust Annual Report

Eurojust Annual Report 2016 at EP The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, presented the Eurojust Annual Report 2016 at a hearing of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (LIBE Committee), followed by a question and answer session with LIBE Committee members on topics ranging from radicalisation, freezing and confiscation, the European Arrest Warrant, harmonisation of legislation, and complementarity with other agencies. Ms Coninsx highlighted the operational, strategic and tactical work of Eurojust. The year 2016 has been challenging in the security context. Eurojust has stepped up its activities to counter terrorism, cybercrime…

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Nuremberg Academy discusses ICTY legacy

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) held a seminar on the Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Nuremberg Principles on 5 and 6 May 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany. The event was organised under the auspices of the Director of the Nuremberg Academy, Mr Klaus Rackwitz, in collaboration with the ICTY. All three Principals of the Tribunal – President Carmel Agius, Prosecutor Serge Brammertz, and Registrar John Hocking – as well as current and former ICTY Judges and senior staff, took active roles in the seminar and made presentations on various aspects of the…

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